Books Worth Checking

To be Presented in English, Wed., May 29, 2013 at 8 p.m.
 
"My Ethnic Quest" by Hagop J. Hacikyan presents a mosaic of ethnicities (Armenians, Greeks, Jews, Kurds, Syriacs, Yezidis and others) that collectively comprise Turkey. It also describes the silence imposed by the Turkish state to reduce the centuries-old mosaic into a drab mural. Hacikyan reveals how the Turkish state pressures its minorities to assimilate and reflects on episodes of severe discrimination that led to the decision to leave his native land for good. 

"Unmailed Letters"  is a masterful translation of the insightful letters of Hambardzum Galstyan. Galstyan, a founding member of the Karabagh Committee, was mayor of Yerevan, and a fighter against corruption–Soviet or Armenian. He was assassinated in 1994 at the age of 39. Written while he was imprisoned in Moscow, "Unmailed Letters" is a literary chronicle of the nation’s initial steps toward independence against the backdrop of a dying empire. It is filled with moving accounts, humor, irony, and a keen sense of the absurd.

To be Presented in English, Wed., May 29, 2013 at 8 p.m.
 
"My Ethnic Quest" by Hagop J. Hacikyan presents a mosaic of ethnicities (Armenians, Greeks, Jews, Kurds, Syriacs, Yezidis and others) that collectively comprise Turkey. It also describes the silence imposed by the Turkish state to reduce the centuries-old mosaic into a drab mural. Hacikyan reveals how the Turkish state pressures its minorities to assimilate and reflects on episodes of severe discrimination that led to the decision to leave his native land for good. 

"Unmailed Letters"  is a masterful translation of the insightful letters of Hambardzum Galstyan. Galstyan, a founding member of the Karabagh Committee, was mayor of Yerevan, and a fighter against corruption–Soviet or Armenian. He was assassinated in 1994 at the age of 39. Written while he was imprisoned in Moscow, "Unmailed Letters" is a literary chronicle of the nation’s initial steps toward independence against the backdrop of a dying empire. It is filled with moving accounts, humor, irony, and a keen sense of the absurd.

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